October 26, 2008

Soul Journal – Day 11

Posted in Art, Art for beginners, Art journals, Art samples, Beginner's art, Collage, Learning art, Soul Journal at 11:02 pm by amateur-in-art

Today’s mission: collage.

I decided to use a cookbook for my collage papers, since “home is where the cooking is!”

I had almost used part of the crinkly part of a paper muffin cup as some plumage on Athena’s helmet on my Soul Armor day, but decided not to then, but decided the sun in this picture might be a fun time to try something like that here. Then in my paper scraps I found part of a recipe that called for setting something in a “warm place” and decided to use that in the middle of my sun.

I used a scalloped-edge scissors to trim down the muffin cup. In hindsight, a min-muffin size would have been better, I’m sure. But I pretty much like how this one turned out, even so. I even like that it hangs over the top of the page a bit, too. A burst of sunshine that just can’t be contained! 🙂

I almost forgot that I had some heart-paper that I wanted to use for the smoke coming out the chimney. It is a little soft, with the pink but the outlines that we put in later after the collaging was complete help, I think. I used the scalloped scissors on this one, too.

I forgot to mention that I had used a really cool rubber stamp I had found – in the clay section of my local craft store – that made the cool design on the rooftop. Also, and you can just see it as the black dot peeking out beneath the top part of the roof in this image – I punched out a small bit out of a sheet magnet. I’m going to put another one on the “lid” of my roof so that my roof can lock down and close, and hopefully also this way it will help keep the roof from getting torn and wrinkled and bent, and, will also keep whatever goes in the pocket, in the pocket.

Here’s what it looks like in the end.

I finally figured out what I did wrong with my barn. It is supposed to be a “double wide” and also have planking on it. I thought about erasing it and starting over before I drew my black marker outlines, but it seemed like it might not erase very well, so I didn’t. I considered gesso-ing over it and starting from scratch again on the barn, but it just didn’t seem worth it. Plus, in my pencil drawing, I thought I had done an OK job on the horse next to the barn, although once I went over it with a black marker it looked more like a German Shepherd with a saddle on top! 🙄

Oh well, that’ll be all for today!

© amateur-in-art, 2008

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October 23, 2008

Just in time for Halloween

Posted in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), Fun & frivolity, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 12:20 am by amateur-in-art

I found this great site that will divine your Vampire Name . It’s quite fun, and gives me some ideas for an alter(ed art) ego that may show up sometime soon on an ATC or other small piece, maybe for the holiday. I know there are lots of Blog Parties out there (not sure I’ll be at any of them, though they sound fabulous), but if I had time, I’d probably take my inspiration from one of the following.

My vampire identity is:

Enid Drown
Known in some parts of the world as:
Scourge of The Hungry
The Great Archives Record:
One of the poor who howl at the door of the Rosary and the garlic strung cross.

What I thought was even cooler, though, was my Goth name: Fairie Corpse.
Very Tim Burtonesque, isn’t it? That character I can definitely see.

I first came across a link to the Fairy Name generator from Sue’s Views, and that started me on this quest of cool and funky names. I really like this identity, too, and it also would make a great little ATC or something. I like that this little fairy is so strong, and I also like that her color is blue, as blue is one of my favorite colors. In fact, I think I could see a whole little series about her, or maybe a fold-out book.

Your fairy is called Bramble Icefilter
She is a bone chilling bringer of justice for the vulnerable.
She lives in leafy dells and bluebell glades.
She is only seen on midsummer’s eve.
She wears bluebell-blue dresses. She has icy blue butterfly wings.

And what the heck, in the spirit (pun intended) of the holiday, I found this one that will Harry Potterize your name as a witch or wizard. You even get different results if you do just your first name, or your first name with your last name. I am either Ingrid ze Insightful or Electra the Enchanting. I kinda like that last one. And I see another ATC coming.

In fact, it would be great fun to do an entire deck of cards based on different characters like this. I’ll put this in my “idea file” for now, but if you need some amusement between doorbell-rings on Halloween night, you might want to check out some of these sites. And if you really have too much time on your hands…there are plenty of other selections at Quizopolis.

October 22, 2008

Soul Journal – Day 10

Posted in Art, Art for beginners, Art journals, Art samples, Beginner's art, Learning art, Soul Journal at 11:01 pm by amateur-in-art

Today’s assignment was to draw our house. Not our actual house, but as we used to draw it as a child. A symbolic house.

This made me think of a drawing – the only drawing, really – I used to do as child. I could not draw, and although I had the desire and the imagination, I never could get on paper what I had in my head. Then one day an older boy – he was probably in fourth or fifth grade; I was probably in first or second – took the time to teach me, while we were waiting for the bus in the school cafeteria. When I groaned one day about how I “could not draw,” he took a pencil and said, “Sure you can. It’s easy.” And he showed me how to make a house. And a road. And a tree (with grass sprouts at the bottom) and sunshine and clouds and a horse and a barn. And I followed what he told me, and although my drawing didn’t look as good as his, I was still impressed with how it turned out. And because he suddenly gave me the confidence I did not have, I kept drawing that scene. Kept practicing. It never did become much more than what it was – but the image of that drawing is a strong one in my mind. And now, as an adult, I realize what an amazing, simple, and kind act that was of that young-but-older boy, to take the time to teach this tiny 8 year old girl how to draw.

That was the scene I wanted to try to create in this drawing.

After sketching in my house, and when I began to build it from a paper bag, I decided that in addition to having the pocket at the top, I also wanted to have the roof to open. I wasn’t quite sure how I needed to piece things together so that the pocket and the roof would be open, so I took an index card and made a model to try to see how it would work.

I figured out that I was going to need to have it in three pieces. The roof in two pieces, and the main house part would be a third piece. I also needed a flap on the roof where it would open.

I found a great bag that had decorations on the outside of it, including some nifty peace symbols which I thought would be really cool to have on the inside of the roof. A “peaceful” home. 🙂 Here’s what it looked like once I got the roof work complete. The square on the right is the base of the house, not yet in place.

A view inside the roof

The complete house.

The complete house.

My house ended up a little narrow. The pages aren’t that wide anyway, but by the time I got the pocket and roof made, it was all a little small and narrow. I think that’s maybe one reason why I decided to open up the roof, though I just thought it might be neat to do, anyway.

Here’s what the complete scene looked like, after drawing on the door and windows, adding a couple of flowers, and adding the landscape to the right. Something’s still not quite “right” on my barn, but I’ll figure that out as I go, or decide to not worry about it.

(See? It really does look like the work of a third-grader, doesn’t it?)

© amateur-in-art, 2008

October 19, 2008

Who, Me? An Artist?

Posted in Art, Art for beginners, Beginner's art, Learning art tagged , , , at 1:40 pm by amateur-in-art

I can now in good conscience call myself an “artist.” (If I had even more self-confidence, I’d omit the quotes…but I’m not there yet.) Yes, I still consider myself at the level of a third-grader, but I read this inspirational definition in a recent article in Cloth Paper Scissors: “If you make art that expresses your truths, then you are an artist.” Wow! That is a very powerful statement, and one that I can embrace, even if sometimes I still need encouragement. Ultimately, then, according to this view, it is less about talent and output and outcomes, and more about motivation, expression, and Truth. I think I’m trying, on that.

This Soul Journal process has certainly helped in that regard, and I believe I am trying to bring those same principles with me to other artistic efforts I am undertaking. After all, at this point, my art is for me, – not for the greater “Art World,” anyway.

I’m still a little uncomfortable declaring myself an artist – but the quote above certainly helps me embrace the title, under that definition.

The quote in the first paragraph comes from Loretta Benedetto Marvel’s article, “The Heart of Art” in the July/Aug. 2008 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.

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October 11, 2008

Soul Journal – Day 9

Posted in Art, Art for beginners, Art journals, Art samples, Beginner's art, Soul Journal tagged , at 2:35 pm by amateur-in-art

Still behind on posts, but this should get me almost caught up.

Today we went back to our “inchies” page and doodled all around the images. Actually, Sarah had us begin by brushing a different color of paint over our previous work. I chose gray, and I like how it toned down the purple that I had going on on this page. You can’t tell much of a difference “before and after” here online, but it definitely made a difference, and helped me feel a little more comfortable with this page spread.

Sarah then gave us specific doodles to draw – like squares, circles, dotted lines and so on. Again, I liked the specific guidance here, rather than just saying “doodle all over the page.” It helps give me ideas and I learn about the variety of things I can do to a page.

Here’s what one of the pages looked like at the end.

© amateur-in-art, 2008

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